18 February 2017 | India

Future Logistics Partnerships (FLP) are one of the ways CILT is involving itself in the world’s fastest growing economies. Engagement with India through the FLP: South India Project is a key part of the Institute’s long-term strategy and requires the development of new, enduring growth and business models, suitable to the rapidly changing needs of India’s dynamic industrialising economy.

CILT has partnered with The School of Logistics Management and Technology, Cochin, Prolific HR in Bengaluru, and Exim Academy of Chennai, working together in the vibrant and strategically important South India region. FLP: South India will harness CILT’s excellent educational suite to build a flagship logistics network of adaptable, enduring systems with informed, well connected professionals at its heart.

Combining the Institute’s international experience and educational expertise with the local knowledge, network contacts and teaching skills of our partners, the Future Logistics Partnership: South India will widen access to the first class learning that continues to raise standards and improve best practice across the world. Together the Partnership will raise greater awareness of the importance of careers in logistics and transport, as well as providing benchmarked professional qualifications and the hands-on experience of industrial placements that enable school-leavers, apprentices and postgraduate students to make the most of their careers in this vital industry. In addition, our partners are committed to providing in South India the same high quality services and resources enjoyed by CILT members globally.

International Professional Development Co-ordinator Jon Harris is excited about the potential of the Project:

With a freshly launched series of  accredited qualifications, we are keen to see increased numbers of providers serving an ever growing body of full and part time students

Although work in Bengaluru and Cochin is the key focus, the long term vision of the Future Logistics Partnership is far wider. As well as establishing models able to be replicated across India, the experience and insight gained through the process will be invaluable throughout South East Asia and beyond.

Speaking about the Future Logistics Partnership: South India Project CILT President Kevin Byrne highlighted the importance of such partnerships saying

As well as finishing the first 100 years of the Institute strongly, we must lay the foundations for a second successful century. We must be the organisation of choice for logistics and transport professionals both in mature economies like the UK, and in the exciting growth markets of China, India and others around the world. South India is the perfect place to create and test out our relevant new strategies and to ensure we are the organisation of choice for the logistics and transport professionals now and in the future.

After a successful pilot in Cochin in 2016, the main phase of the FLP: South India Project commenced on the 1st of January 2017. Already the Partnership is making great progress and looks set to make an enduring difference in the region.

View the Future Logistics Partnership: South India Project website here